YOGART STUDIO :: Better than SHARK WEEK
As the end of summer begins to set in and yet another successful art camp at the AGO wraps up, I’d like to take a moment to recap some of the inspiring artworks my campers created over the last 8 weeks. My thoughts and feelings on my experiences as a Studio Instructor at the AGO have been documented here, however I’d like to reiterate just how much I truly enjoy teaching and learning alongside so many inspiring early learners. My campers range from 5 to 7 years of age and each one of them brings a fresh and exciting perspective on the art projects I plan and design. Each session is 2 weeks in length and I usually have 12 to 14 budding artists in my group. When the campers are not running around and playing outdoors in Grange Park with their camp counsellors, they are with me in the studio for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. In the 10 days that follow we experiment with various art mediums, materials and techniques. We talk about risk-taking and how not all art has to look beautiful and that sometimes it’s just more fun and creative when art looks a little weird or different. I encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone and they encourage me to stay in the moment. At the end of each camp session, the campers invite their family and friends to attend our grand finale art exhibit. Seeing their artworks on display and the tremendous dedication each of my campers applied to their artworks is notably rewarding. Early childhood education demands a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and patiance but all of that is mirrored back by the smiles, discoveries, and personal achievements my campers experience in their emotional, social and artistic development. I love my job because every week is like Shark Week.
Some highlights from the summer…
A BIG thanks to all the Camp Counsellors, Studio Technicians, Managers, fellow Studio Instructors and especially our summer volunteers who made camp such an amazing experience for all.
AGO/OCAD Summer Art and Design Camps run every summer from the first week of July up until Labour Day weekend and are listed in Children & Families under Learning on www.ago.net